At its simplest, a query can be just a word or a phrase. But with the tips on this page, you can expand the focus of your query to give you more complete results. These tips will get you started with basic query language Syntax.
Put quotation marks around keywords if you want to take them literally. For instance, if you type the following query:
The search facility will literally look for the complete phrase
But if you type the same query without the quotation marks:
The search facility searches all documents for the words
Look for words with the same prefix. For example, in your query form type
and so on. Be sure to include quotation marks.
Search with the keyword
for words close to each other. For example, both of these queries,
system and manager
system near manager,
look for the words
on the same page.
the returned pages are ranked in order of proximity: the closer together the words are, the higher the rank of that page.
Refine your queries with the
keywords to exclude certain text from your search. For example, if you want to find all instances of
surfing the Net,
Write the following query:
surfing AND NOT the Net
This query finds all pages that mention Easy or Web or both.